Weekend Reading

Science versus Pseudoscience

Here is this week’s roundup of reality-based reading:

Medicine

Public Health: The Doctor Who Made a Revolution.

Why the data on all drug trials must be released. Results of thousands of clinical trials remain unreported – leading to bad treatment decisions and duplicated research effort

Alternatives to Medicine

Miracle Cancer Cures? Ask for evidence. Excellent post from Cancer Research UK.

Anti-fluoride activists should put their tinfoil hat theories to rest. Believing the ‘fluoride is an industrial poison’ meme requires you to deny decades of evidence that fluoride at low concentrations has no ill effects on our health

When it comes to homeopathy, Health Canada completely misses the point. More on Health Canada’s shameful support for homeopathic nosodes:

The “unfortunate misconception” is that Health Canada cannot keep its story straight. They are deceiving the public about what they actually do with regard to natural health products. They are allowing those who sell such products to have it both ways – they don’t need to prove their products work, but they get to claim that they do because they are licensed. They get to sell products clearly intended to be a substitute for vaccines, but now have the political cover of a disclaimer saying they are not intended as a substitute for vaccines.

Any question about the commitment to scientific evidence from chiropractors? Here’s one that espouses “quantum neurology“. And another that thinks he’s an endocrinologist and can treat diabetes. Oh, and here’s an chiropractor that offers acupuncture over the internet.

Drowning in a sea of misinformation: Chiropractic professional organizations : “instead of self-critical attitudes, chiropractors seem to develop a pathological state of denial.”

The comments from naturopaths on Peter Lipson’s post illustrate the point he’s making: Senate Declares Naturopathic Medicine Week—Wizardry Week Still Under Debate

Homeopaths Without Borders practice exploitation not humanitarianism. Yes, hard as it to believe, opportunistic homeopaths are spreading the delusion of homeopathy in countries where it can kill:

Despite Homeopaths Without Borders’ claims to the contrary, “homeopathic humanitarian help” is a contradiction in terms. Although providing food, water, and solace to people in areas affected by wars and natural disasters certainly constitutes valuable humanitarian work, any homeopathic treatment deceives patients into thinking they are receiving real treatment when they are not. Furthermore, training local people as homeopaths in affected areas amounts to exploiting vulnerable people to increase the reach of homeopathy.

This is appallingly bad, and in a pharmacy trade publication. Shameful: Homeopathic Products: A Growing Segment in OTC?

Homeopathy is a placebo system, and people are getting action in the courts: A plaintiff who opted out of a proposed $12 million false advertising class settlement with homeopathic medicine maker Boiron Inc. launched a separate suit Monday in California state court alleging the company deceptively advertised its Oscillococcinum homeopathic remedy as capable of relieving flu-like symptoms.

Homeopaths also advocate grinding breast cancer cells, diluting them, and then selling them as a cancer treatment.  It should be self-evident that anyone that advocates homeopathy doesn’t have the requisite education to offer any credible health advice.

Nutrition

Not a surprise, and not “detox” or “supplements” required. Half of Cancer Deaths are Preventable.

Vaccines

Mia Farrow: My kids were vaccinated on schedule. All but one. He was 6 when I adopted him. Polio found him first. He is paraplegic. Vaccinate your kids

Anti-vaxxers: Can you face facts? Vaccinations credited as chicken pox cases in hospitals drop 74% in only 10 years

Six myths about vaccination via Dr Rachael Dunlop

 

Pharmacy Practice

Tylenol can kill. Are regulators doing all they can to minimize harms? Do we want them to?

FDA halts drugs from Ranbaxy’s plant. Health Canada? <<crickets>>

The Surgeon General’s Office of the US Army Special Operations has issued an order to immediately discontinue use of mefloquine. Why? Psychiatric side effects.

Other Stuff

You’ve probably seen the new Chipotle advertisement. Is it actually endorsing vegetarianism?

Myers-Briggs, the mother of all junk personality tests

Loved this: Surviving Whole Foods, especially this bit:

Ever notice that you don’t meet poor people with special diet needs? A gluten intolerant house cleaner? A cab driver with Candida? Candida is what I call a rich, white person problem. You know you’ve really made it in this world when you get Candida. My personal theory is that Candida is something you get from too much hot yoga.

So, so good: Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Modern Trailer

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2 thoughts on “Weekend Reading

  1. WAH ,

    SCIENTIFIC MAN ! BLIND FAITH ON SCIENTIFICAL DATAS !? ALLOPATHY MEDICINES ARE FIRST EXPERIMENTED ON ANIMALS DO YOU KNOW? IS IT FACT OR NOT!? ANIMALS LIKE- PIG, RATS , MONKEYS ETC. IS IT
    TRUE? SO ANIMALS GIVES FEED BACK TO MEDICAL SCIENTISTS WHAT IT FEELS AFTER TAKING THOSE NEW MEDICINES! WHAT SIDE EFFECTS HAPPENED?
    THEN MEDICINES ADMINISTERED TO HUMANS, HOW MANY DIED AFTER TAKING THOSE SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN MEDICINES? DO YOU HAVE THAT DATAS?
    WHY DIABETES COULD NOT BE CURED BY YOUR SCIENCE?

    OH, BLIND SCIENTIFIC MAN, BE AWARE, AWAKE. RESPECT NATURE AND NATURAL MEDICINES. DO NOT BE BLIND ABOUT SCIENTIFIC PROOF!
    EXPERIENCE YOURSELF TO BELIEVE HOW HOMOEOPATHY WORKS, HOW BENIGN, ECONOMICAL, NO SIDE EFFECTS. DO NOT CARRIED AWAY FROM SCIENTIFIC DATAS

    VENKATESH CS
    BANGALORE
    INDIA

  2. Venkatesh: There is nothing remotely natural about homeopathy. It is every bit as synthetic as medicine.

    There are only three problems with homeopathy as far as I can see:

    1. There’s no reason to suppose it should work
    2. There’s no way it can work
    3. There’s no good evidence it does work

    Apart from that, it’s fine.

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